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Overview

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to bringing educational and assistive resources to professionals. To receive any of these materials without charge, please email healthprof_info@nmss.org.

Clinical practice resources

Publications for healthcare professionals

  • Clinical Bulletins:  Resources for healthcare professionals working with people who have multiple sclerosis
  • Nurse's Quick Reference (.pdf): A guide to nursing management in MS
  • Multiple Sclerosis for the Physician Assistant: A Practical Primer (.pdf): A practical primer for the physician assistant that treats patients living with MS.
  • Multiple Sclerosis: The Nurse Practitioner’s Handbook (.pdf): This book was designed as a practical reference tool — offering easy access to the information you need to help your patients manage their disease, enhance their quality of life, and make healthy, informed decisions.
    • Using the handbook: click on the Pages icon in the top left corner of the landing page to navigate directly to specific pages in the book, and the Bookmark icon to navigate directly to specific chapters.

Talking to patients

Authored by recognized MS specialists and designed to help physicians and other healthcare professionals respond to their patient's questions about some of the more difficult and challenging aspects of the disease.

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Stress and Mood Management

Professional education

Pamela Cavallo Professional Education Series

The Nursing Perspective

Now in its 6th edition, this resource describes the pivotal role played by nurses, often acting as the hub of a multidisciplinary team as well as the patient's link to, and advocate within, today's complex medical system. Through a collaborative agreement with The CE Solutions Group, an approved provider of continuing education in nursing, nurses can obtain 5 contact hours for successful completion of this self-study course. Download new online resource

A Focus on Rehabilitation

Now in its 5th edition, this resource describes the unique role of rehabilitation professionals—physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists—in promoting functional independence, preventing complications, and enhancing overall quality of life. Through a collaborative agreement with The CE Solutions Group, an approved provider of continuing education in nursing, nurses can obtain 4 contact hours for successful completion of this self-study course; physical therapists must obtain approval from their state licensing board. Download new online resource.

A Model of Psychosocial Support

Now in its 5th edition, this resources describes a model of interdisciplinary psychosocial support, with emphasis on the psychological and social challenges of MS. Through a collaborative agreement with The CE Solutions Group, an approved provider of continuing education in nursing, nurses can obtain 4 contact hours for successful completion of this self-study course. Download new online resource

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Long-term care resources

This section provides nformation about unique needs generated by MS—and sophisticated resources and knowledge necessary to provide quality programs and services.

Serving Individuals with MS in the Home

Specific recommendations, practical tips and best practices to help home care providers, whether assigned by an agency or hired independently, to be more knowledgeable about MS and comfortable serving people living with the disease. Topics include clinical issues and symptom management, assessment, primary health care needs, daily care issues, safety, emotional and family issues, rehabilitation, and wellness and community integration.

Adult Day Programs

These guidelines will be most helpful to those day programs that have little or no experience serving people with MS. Included in the document is basic information about multiple sclerosis and specific recommendations, practical tips, and best practices as they relate to intake & assessment, clinical implications, psychosocial issues, activities & wellness, rehabilitation, and staffing & physical plant.

Assisted Living

Guidance to administrators and staff of assisted living facilities that are seeking to develop effective service plans for residents with multiple sclerosis. These guidelines address the unique set of clinical conditions of residents with MS and provide recommendations to maximize their quality of life.

Nursing Home Care

Information on clinical practice, practical tips and best practices with regard to nursing and daily care, rehabilitation, psychosocial needs and cognitive issues, assisting families with the nursing home admission process, training materials, and resources for health care professionals.

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